Today, President Obama endorsed Houston mayoral candidate State Rep. Sylvester Turner. If Conservatives didn’t have a reason to get out and vote before – now they do.

Obama’s endorsement, much like the NY Times and Hillary Clinton’s HERO endorsement, shows the importance of Houston and serves as reminder of what the next four to eight years could be under flawed leadership.

Turner has also garnered the endorsements of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and outgoing Mayor Annise Parker whose tenure was checkered with overspending, retaliatory governing, and a personal agenda that took precedence over necessary policy.

Turner’s platform consists of increasing minimum wage, removing the voter imposed property tax cap and revamping the ReBuild Houston the pay-as-you-go “lockbox” program intended for infrastructure, but raided for unrelated pet projects.

Saturday’s runoff election is predicted to be close with the latest polls showing Bill King and Sylvester Turner tied at 38%.


Election Day is Saturday, December 12th from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Charles Blain

Charles Blain is the president of Urban Reform and Urban Reform Institute. A native of New Jersey, he is based in Houston and writes on municipal finance and other urban issues.